TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Breagan Pearson is the latest wrestler to join the 100-win club for the Buccaneer wrestling program.
It was just part of a big week last week for Pearson as he claimed his 100th win at a home quad last Tuesday featuring Oak Hill, George Washington and Musselman.
Then he followed that up winning a Big 10 Conference Championship last Saturday at Preston in the 145-pound weight division as he has yet to suffer a loss this season.
While Pearson acknowledged his milestone 100th victory, he is taking much time to reflect on it – simply because he still has some work to do this season.
“I knew I was close to 100 wins, but I wasn’t sure of exactly when I will get it,” acknowledged Pearson. ‘My dad told me after my win that it was my 100th. It’s a nice milestone and definitely memorable, but I still have work to do.”
That work to do is to win a regional championship as the Bucs compete in the Region I Championships on April 10 at John Marshall High School.
“It’s nice to be doing good things in the sport currently like winning my 100th match and the Big 10 title, but my focus is steady on preparing for the next competition,” noted Pearson.
Following the regional tournament, up next for Pearson will be the West Virginia High School State Wrestling Tournament in Huntington on April 19-20 where he will be considered one of the favorites if he qualifies at regionals.
Pearson has qualified for the state tournament the previous three years of his career.
He was a qualifier as a freshman making it with a 16-24 record, then reached the podium his sophomore year placing sixth with an overall record of 38-19.
As a junior, he qualified for states, but failed to place compiling a 29-12 mark.
He is currently unbeaten this year with a 21-0 record.
Pearson, without hesitation, acknowledges those that have helped him reach this point in his career.
“Coach Orr, coach Bender, coach Craig, coach Smithson, coach Sheldon, and coach Tenney have all had a huge impact on my success,” noted Pearson. “They’ve done everything they can to help me be the best wrestler and man I can be. It has also taken lot of hard work and commitment from myself along with those around me committing their time and energy into helping me improve every day.”
Orr praised Pearson for what he has meant to the Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling program over the last four years.
“Breagan has meant a lot to the program,” explained Orr. “It’s been awesome to watch his progression over the last four years and watch him grow is not only a wrestler and competitor but also as a man. Breagan has always had a drive for success. Him getting his 100th win is a testament of that drive!
He has always possessed the qualities of a great leader and in the last two years has really blossomed into a great leader for our program. He has battled through a lot of adversity in his four years with us and has always come out stronger. I’m proud of him and all that he’s accomplished.”